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  • Halloween Kills

    ★½

  • Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II

    ★★★

  • In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★★

  • Dune

    ★★½

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  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    ★½

    Some common ways to do a slasher movie include 1. no one has any idea there's a killer till everyone starts getting killed, and 2. some people know there's a killer, but no one believes them till everyone starts getting killed, because people are idiots. One thing I guess Halloween Kills has going for it is the idea of doing a variation where everyone in town knows there's a killer, but people are idiots so everyone runs around randomly and…

  • Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II

    Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II

    ★★★

    This deserves its reputation as an unusually creative and cool-looking '80s teen horror movie... kind of. I can't get fully on board with it because there's a huge helping of very standard high-school cheesiness of the after-school-special-but-more-exploitationy kind where everyone is 25 years old and is either a perfect friend or insanely catty and says allegedly funny stuff that's super predictable; the only part of that that's a little bit distinctive, but not in a good way, is that the…

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  • Kapaemahu

    Kapaemahu

    ★★

    I wish I liked this, because it's super well intentioned as a tribute to Hawaiian traditions (and very slightly as an LGBTQ statement, because the mythic figures in it have a nonbinary gender), and it's got some competent animation and design... but so much about the execution makes my teeth ache like the worst kind of ultra-reverent ultra-friendly Sunday-school glurge. Here's a literal depiction of the story of the four mystical healers from Tahiti arriving in Waikiki; OK, so who…

  • 5B

    5B

    ★★★★

    This is a documentary about the early years of AIDS in San Francisco through the eyes of a small group of people working at SF General Hospital who created the first ward devoted to that epidemic. The story of Ward 5B (later 5A) has been told before in various forms, but I haven't seen it placed in a larger context as effectively as it is here.

    The staff and volunteers of 5B were set apart by their willingness to do…